Morning lovelies! Christmas is almost here and I am so excited! Later today my sister and I are going to our parents place for the Christmas holidays and I just cannot wait! I love spending time with my family and I have planned to watch Christmas movies in front of the fireplace, cuddle with the cats, bake lots of Christmas treats, go for long walks in the woods, to eat lots of good food and to just enjoy the company of my family and all of our Christmas traditions ❤︎
One of my personal Christmas traditions is to make homemade gifts for my family and friends to bring as host/hostess gifts or as extra (and more personal) christmas gifts in addition to the store-bought ones, but also just to bring as little surprises during december – I love to bring unexpected gifts!
Homemade foodie gifts can be a little difficult though since they usually do not keep for long and some of them needs to be stored in the fridge, so keep that in mind when choosing what to make and when to make it. I usually make most of my gifts the day before I plan on giving them, but some of them I make more in advance – things like my peppermint hot chocolate mix, superfood sprinkle and homemade beauty products can easily be made a week ahead.
Bliss balls, treats and healthy snacks
One of my favorite things to make for my family and friends are bliss balls, healthified treats and granola bars! Most of them absolutely loves the recipes (haha can’t win ’em all though), even some of the otherwise super picky eaters that do not like healthy foods at all. My absolute favorite recipe is for my chocolate hazelnut “nutella” balls, they are always a big hit when I have guests over and it is also one of the most popular recipes on the blog. This is the treat I usually choose to give with most of my gifts as everyone seems to love them – and in the spirit of Christmas and the holidays I think it will be fitting to choose one of the more indulgent treats ;)
I have collected a bunch of different recipes below that I think will be perfect to give as gifts, most of them are made with healthy ingredients, but some are more indulgent than others. I hope you will find the perfect recipes for your loved ones :)
Homemade peppermint hot chocolate mix – find the recipe right here!
Find 16 of my favourite bliss/dessert ball recipes right here!
The best gingerbread cookies – find the recipe right here!
Candied almonds – find the recipe right here!
Peppermint chocolate bliss balls – find the recipe right here!
Vanilla cake balls – find the recipe right here!
Cookie dough bliss balls – find the recipe right here!
Danish christmas treats, konfekt – find the recipes right here!
Nutty chocolate covered dates – find the recipe right here!
Coconut snowballs – find the recipe right here!
Raw chocolate with nuts and dates – find the recipe right here!
Raw `cherryberry´chocolate bars – find the recipe right here!
No-bake superfood granola bars – find the recipe right here!
Mactha energizing bliss balls – find the recipe right here!
My go-to “snack attack” bliss balls – only 4 ingredients needed – find the recipe right here!
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies – find the recipe right here!
Homemade healthified nutella – find the recipe right here and here!
I like to use a bunch of different coatings to make my treats look even more festive, some are quite flavorful though, so try to match the flavors of the coatings with the flavor of the treats. For a green coating you can use chopped pistachios and green superfood powders like wheatgrass. For the the pink coating you can use freeze dried berries that you give quick blend to turn it into powder or you can just buy it in powder form, I used raspberry for mine. For a light pink coating you can mix freeze dried berries and shredded coconut and give it a quick blend. For the white coating use shredded coconut. For the brown coating use raw cacao powder, chopped chocolate or cacao nibs. You can also coat your treats in chopped nuts, goji berries, chia seeds etc.
Homemade granola is another favourite of mine when it comes to homemade gifts. It is super easy to make, tastes absolutely amazing and it is usually a lot healthier than the store bought kinds + now you can customise it completely and make it with the receiver’s favourite ingredients and flavour combos. This gift is perfect for those who loves to top their morning yoghurt, smoothie bowls etc. with granola, but do not have the time or simply do not know how to make make their own. I like to add a little card where I write the recipe, so that they can try to make it again on their own if they enjoyed the recipe.
Below you can find the links to some of my favourite granola recipes on the blog, some are super healthy while others are a bit more indulgent – it is all about finding the right kind of granola for the person you are giving it to. Are they health nuts or a bit more relaxed with their diet? I think you will be able to find a recipe for everyone :)
Find 7 of my favorite granola recipes right here! And my fall spiced granola right here! If you are looking for something more indulgent, then you should give my chocolate/peanut butter granola a try.
This superfood sprinkle is one of my absolute favorites! It is beyond easy to make, tastes amazing and it makes a great gift for your health conscious loved ones. With this superfood mix you have a quick and easy, but super nutricious topping for smoothie bowls, yoghurts, salads etc.
To make the superfood sprinkle I simply mixed chia seeds, goji berries, ground flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raw coconut chips, acai powder, chopped pistachios, chopped almonds, chopped dried apricots, dried mulberries and cacao nibs.
Homemade natural beauty products
This year I am gifting a selection of different homemade beauty products as well, some of them can be made with things found in your cabinets (prefect now that I am so late with this post!) while others will probably call for a trip to your local health store – I usually buy everything online, buuut there isn’t really time for that with only two days left to Christmas, I promise I will be in better time next year!
Super easy homemade refreshing and hydrating face mist – find the recipe right here!
Homemade lash and brow serum – natural and inexpensive! – find the recipe right here!
The best natural homemade lip scrub – find the recipe right here!
I hope you liked the post and found some inspiration for homemade foodie gifts :) I still have a couple more ideas and DIY projects that would work perfectly as homemade gifts, I know it is very last minute, but I will try to get them online later today! :)